Thursday, June 28, 2012

My June Wrap Up & July TBR

Seeing as it is almost July, and I'm not even close to finishing my latest book, I will do my June Wrap Up and July TBR earlier rather than later. This month was a pathetic reading month for me. It was absolutely terrible, but I will tell you what I read anyway.

In June I read three books:

Extras by Scott Westerfeld
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Going Bovine by Libba Bray

I found out after I finished the first book on my TBR pile for June, I realized that I don't like sticking to my TBR pile. I have decided that my July TBR pile will be the following.

July TBR pile:

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

After I finish those I'm going to just read whatever I want!

Well, that's all for me guys. Have fun and happy reading!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Review: Going Bovine by Libba Bray

  Title: Going Bovine
  Author: Libba Bray
  Release Date: September 28, 2010
  Publisher: Random House Children's Books
   Pages: 480
   Format: Hardcover

Can Cameron find what he’s looking for?
All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.

I picked up Going Bovine for two reasons. One, it was by Libba Bray and I loved Beauty Queens. Two, it looked interesting and the synopsis sounded great. So I read it and, wow. I was blown away by this book. I was so crazy and awesome and great. The ending however, I found terrible. You had to guess to find out what happened to Cameron, and I was very confused about it.

Plot: This book starts out with Cameron. He's an average teenage slacker who just wants to get through high school. Right at the start of this book he starts to have these visions about fire giants and he's not in control of his movements, and that's when we know something is wrong. It turns out that he has mad cow disease and he is going to die. One day in the hospital he sees an angel who tells him that there is a cure if he will go find it.

The plot of this book was really out there, but it was very enjoyable. It was super crazy and awesome with loads of crazy stuff happening.

Characters: Our main character is Cameron, and he is very much a teenager. He doesn't care about school or anyone but himself, and I think that's what makes him have such great character development. He starts to care about others throughout the book and he really grows into a strong character that I thought could really find the cure to his disease. Throw in Gonzo, a dwarf who is obsessed with death and video games, and a lawn gnome that is the viking god Balder and you have a crazy road trip on your hands.

Writing Style: Wow. The writing style of this book was crazy. Libba Bray brought so many elements into this book that I didn't even think about. She brought in crazy science and music and an awesome road trip together to make this crazy book. I loved the writing style.

Rating: This book gets 4 worms. I loved everything about this book except for the ending. It cut off before I could find out if Cameron died or not. I got the initial idea that his nurse turned off his life support machines and he died, but that just didn't satisfy my urge to know. Everything else about this book was great and I definetly think you should check it out.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

   Important Info

   Title: The Fault In Our Stars
   Author: John Green
   Release Date: January 10, 2012
   Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
   Series: Stand-alone
   Pages: 318
   Format: Hardcover

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. (Information from Barnes and

When I saw The Fault In Our Stars in my school library, I instantly started freaking out. I was so excited to read this book. I had heard great things about it so I instantly snatched it up, not knowing what this masterpiece had in store for me.

Plot: This book had the most amazing plot of anything I have ever read in a long time. It is about Hazel, a girl who was diagnosed with cancer when she was 14. Everyone thought she was going to die but thought a experimental drug, she is given a few extra years. She has to go to a cancer support group. And one day, at that cancer support group, she meets Augustus Waters, and her world will never be the same.

Characters: Our main character is Hazel, and she is fantastic. She is so wonderful I don't have the words to say how wonderful she is. She is a teenager, but she has a very mature way of speaking that had me mystified. She was just absolutely wonderful in every way.

Writing Style: John Green did a fantastic job of creating Hazel and Augustus's world. He made me truly care about the characters. I felt their pain. He also painted a very good picture of how cancer patients are treated. This book was filled with so much emotion and it was so awesome.

Top Three Things About This Book: Everything!!!! This book was so awesome in every way that I can't get over it!!!

Rating: 5 worms, without a doubt in my mind!!! Everything about this book was so wonderful that I had to buy the book and read it again to fully understand how truly awesome it was! This book made me laugh and made me cry in a way that no other book has been able to do. It definitely deserves 5 worms.


My Favorite Book Covers

Ever by Gail Carson Levine
Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand by Gail Carson Levine
Wither by Lauren DeStefano (not pictured)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Eon by Alison Goodman
I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Perfect by Ellen Hopkins
The Unicorn Chronicles by Bruce Coville
Reckless by Cornelia Funke
Countdown by Deborah Wiles
The Time Travelers by Linda Buckley-Archer

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Review: Wither By Lauren DeStefano
Important Info
Title: Wither
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Release Date: March 22nd, 20122
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Dystopian
Series: The Chemical Garden Trilogy
Pages: 358
Format: Hardcover

I was eagerly awaiting getting my hands on a copy of Wither. I really enjoyed everything about this book except for one thing. It was rather slow during the begining and not a lot happened.
Plot:Wither takes place in a world much like our own except for in this world, scientists have genetically engineered a super generation of people who live till they are very old. No one thought that their would be consequences to this, until the first generations had children, and the girls only live till they are 20 and guys to 25. This kind of makes society go crazy, and girls are being kidnapped and wealthy men get to have many wives to try to keep the population alive. And this is where we meet Rhine. Rhine gets kidnapped and is forced to marry Linden along with some other sister brides. She then spends the rest of the book trying to escape.

Characters: Our main character is Rhine, and I felt she was an okay character. She wasn't as strong as I hoped she would be, but she was really cunning and sly with her plans. She was waging a war with herself about leaving or staying and I thought she was an okay character.
Linden was also okay. He knew nothing of the outside world and I couldn't help but wonder why he knew so little. Cecily and Jenna were also okay.

Writing Style: I don't have much to say about the writing style of this book. I felt it was average and not that thrilling.

Top three best things about this book: The world, the plot, and Rhine as a character.

Rating: I gave this book four worms. The world and plot were fabulous, but the book dragged on for the first 300 pages, and when they finally did escape they just walked out the gate. No one even chased them! I wished that the characters would have been better and the book would have had more suspense. Even so, I can't wait to get my hands on the next book.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Wow. If you could describe this book in one word it would be wow. Beauty Queens was absolutley wonderful in everyway. This book was about beauty queen contestants who's plane crash lands on a desserted island, and they have to fight for survival. Now, that's not the only reason I loved the book as much as I did. I loved getting to know the characters and all their various reasons for entering the pageant. I also loved the commerical breaks and various interviews in the book. It gave it a very much television vibe.

Characters: The characters in this book were very relatable. They also had great personalities and they were described very well and you couldn't help but feel that these characters were your best friends. You felt their pain, were ecstatic when they accomplished something, and cried when they lost a friend. Their reasons for joining the Miss Teen Dream pageant were also very relatable, if not a little weird.

Writing Style: Awesome. Libba Bray does a really great job of making these girls sound like teenagers. She creates magic with her words and she makes this book seem like you are really watching an episode of tv with the commercial breaks and contestant interviews.

Rating: I would definitely give this book five worms. It just felt so real. The characters were relatable, the plot was good, and the writing style was excellent. This book is definetly one to check out.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A very important question

My TBR pile for June

My June TBR
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Shiver by Maggie Steifvater
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Extras by Scott Westerfeld
Beautiful Creatures by Kim Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray